A Quiet Place Part II (2020)

Cast your mind back to what I like to call ‘the before times’; the pre COVID-19 age when we could do what the hell we wanted and films were coming out in theatres ten to the dozen. At the very tail end of those before times, A Quiet Place Part II was set to be…

Land (2021)

I don’t know whether it is something that is reflecting the state of the world in over the last couple of years or just pure coincidence, but a lot of the movies I’ve been watching recently have been about isolation in one form or another. The likes of Stowaway, Those Who Wish Me Dead, The…

Cruella (2021)

I’m going to whisper this quietly so nobody freaks out, *I’ve never seen the 1996 live action version of 101 Dalmatians*. Not the hugest cinematic crime, I know, but it does mean that I haven’t experienced the full glory of Glenn Close’s Cruella de Vil. I do, of course, have fond memories of the 1961…

Nomadland (2020)

When it comes to long term critical acclaim, there are very few actresses in the last two decades who have built as strong a portfolio as Frances McDormand. From her work with the Coen brothers like Burn After Reading and Moonrise Kingdom to her Oscar winning turn in Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri, McDormand truly…

The Dig (2021)

With January almost over and any remnants of hungover festive spirit will and truly gone, it is always around this time of the year that I am more susceptible to the charms of a good old fashioned British period drama. It just so happens that Netflix were more than happy to scratch that particular itch…

News Of The World (2020)

With stars getting ‘cancelled’ left right and centre these days, there are very few performers in the current landscape that have managed to retain their universal appeal in this current cultural landscape. Unless there is a bombshell that I have missed, it might be fair to say that Tom Hanks is one of the remaining…

One Night In Miami… (2020)

Maybe it says more about the films that I personally seek out, but it feels like the past twelve months has been a big period for high profile stage to screen adaptations. Netflix brought us both The Boys In The Band and Ma Rainey’s Black Bottom in 2020, and now Amazon Studios are jumping into…

Promising Young Woman (2020)

Every now and then a film comes along that social media grabs onto and the hype train begins long before the actual release date. Promising Young Woman was definitely one of those films. On the screen, Brits will know Emerald Fennell from her years on beloved BBC drama Call The Midwife, and the wider world…

Hillbilly Elegy (2020)

It might have seemed like a pipe dream a decade ago, but the truth is that Netflix is now one of the biggest contenders when it comes to showpiece film awards at the end of every cinematic year. From Roma to The Irishman to Marriage Story and more, Netflix has firmly established itself as a…

Run (2020)

Without a doubt, one of my favourite Hollywood career developments of the last decade has been the blossoming of Sarah Paulson into fully fledged spooky queen. She has consistently been the best thing about American Horror Story anthology for years, and her recent work on Netflix’s Ratched follows suit. Arriving just in time to catch…